Orji’s Senatorial Ambition And Campaign Posters

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Thousands of campaign posters and bill boards urging Governor Theodore Orji to run for the senatorial position of Abia Central Senatorial district have dotted the nooks and crannies of Umuahia, the state capital. But the state government says that the governor has not declared his intention to run writes our Abia anchorman, Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu.

Last year, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, warned
that any politician who openly campaigns or seeks support for his political ambitions ahead of 2015 risks being arrested. This warning followed an observation that campaign posters are being indiscriminately displayed while electioneering broadcasts are being aired outside statutory provisions in the electoral act.

Controversy On Rising Debt Profile Of Edo State

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Uncertainty has trailed the debt profile of Edo State since 2008 when the present government, which has been silent on the actual situation, came into office. - By Victor Osehobo

Is it true that Edo State’s external debt today stands at $47 million while the domestic debt is about N12 billion? Well with an estimated N20 billion appropriated out of a total budget of N160 billion to service debts in 2014, little wonder that Chief Dan Orbih, the Edo PDP chairman recently asked the state government for the true position of the state’s indebtedness. He said the government should, “as a matter of urgency declare the debt profile of the state so that the citizens will know what they are in for.”

FGGC In Flames

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Parents and students of Federal Government Girls College, Old Umuahia, Abia State will remain grateful to God for preserving the lives of their wards. Penultimate weekend, a hostel housing 119 students of the college was gutted by fire, destroying property worth millions of naira and no life was lost. - By Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu

Newsworld gathered that the students were observing their evening devotion when the incident happened. Abia State government has promised to conduct a thorough investigation into the fire incident with a view to tracing the cause and any act of sabotage severely dealt with. The state governor, Chief Theodore Orji said this when visited school to assess the level damage caused by the fire incident. Orji recalled that this was not the first time a fire incident in school in recent times and assured however that it would be the last.

Nasarawa: From Solid Minerals To Solid Crisis?

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Before now, Nasarawa State, The Home of Solid Minerals which some people now prefer to call the home of ‘solid crisis’ was the most peaceful state in the northern part of the country. By Peter Ahemba

Before now, Nasarawa State, The Home of Solid Minerals which some people now prefer to call the home of ‘solid crisis’ was the most peaceful state in the northern part of the country. This belief is now an arguable fact considering the recent communal crisis that has rubbed the ‘’solid mineral state’’ of its tranquility.

Charting New Paradigm For National Development

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One of the key snags to development in Nigeria is lack of adequate monitoring and evaluation in project execution. Rita Onuoha, however, writes that the new draft national policy framework on monitoring and evaluation, M and E, would make the difference. - By Rita Onuoha

To say that a good draft national policy framework on monitoring and evaluation is sine qua non to national development is to state the obvious. This given that getting it right when it comes to  monitoring and evaluation would help to plug many loopholes that forms conduit pipes through which public funds meant for development are pilfered away. 
Perhaps that explains why various stakeholders applauded the recent stakeholder’s validation workshop of the draft national policy framework on monitoring and evaluation. 

Bioscience As Key To Increasing Cowpea Production In Nigeria

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Hope is rising for mass production of cowpea through bioscience as initial trial in Nigeria yields impressive outcome. - By Kenneth Azahan

Disease burden in Africa is not only a debilitating problem that affects humans; plants are also getting their share of the menace. For instance, maruca, a disease that mainly affects cowpea is causing nightmare to most farmers on the continent.
In Nigeria, cowpea is one of the staple foods consumed by both the rich and poor. It is either cooked as an independent meal or as a side dish for other foods such as rice, yam and can be blended into paste used to cook soup. Cowpea is also processed into local cakes “akara”, and “moi-moi” as well as other industrial uses.

X-raying Proposed Traditional Stools In Benue State

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Tiv Area Traditional Council led by the Tor Tiv IV, Dr. Alfred Akawe Torkula had set up a committee for Documentation of Traditional Rulers and the creation of six new first class stools in Tivland, this move has generated a level of anxiety throughout area, writes Kenneth Azahan.

According to historical sources, the Tiv settled in the Benue valley (covering the present Benue and parts of Nasarawa and Taraba States), which later became a part of the ancient Kwararafa Kingdom, once a dominant political power in the region for centuries.
By the end of the 18th century, the Tiv had fully taken position in the Benue valley (Benue State, parts of Taraba and Nasarawa States) and their population of agrarians continued to increase. At first, no one seemed to bother but the Jukuns soon became restless.

Battle For Obende’s Seat In The Senate Begins

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Opposition to Senator Domingo Obende’s second term at the Senate is growing even within the APC, as Etsako, the majority ethnic group in Edo North insist on their own for the high office. - By Victor Osehobo

Tension is mounting in Edo North, the senatorial district of Edo state Governor Adams Oshiomhole, ahead of the 2015 National Assembly election over his alleged plot, under pressure from top National APC party leaders to alter the zoning formula which come 2015 favors an Etsako politician for Senate. He is said to be in favor of his Secretary, former PDP gubernatorial aspirant, Professor Julius Ihonvbere, who is from Owan, the smallest ethnic group in the area.

Enugu PDP Jittery Over ‘Ebeano’ Chimaroke’s Return

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Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, though a trained medical doctor, can be said to belong to the class of Nigerians who jettisoned their professional carrier, took the risk of venturing into partisan politics and succeeded. - By Maurice Okafor

Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, though a trained medical doctor, can be said  to belong to the class of Nigerians who  jettisoned their professional carrier, took the risk of venturing  into partisan politics and succeeded. The Agbani born and American trained doctor rode on the charisma and influence of Senator Jim Nwobodo former to have clinched the Enugu state PDP governorship ticket and subsequently won the 1999 governorship election in state.

Agbo: Nigeria’s Ubiquitous ‘Wonder’ Herbal Mixture

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Nigerians are known for strong addiction to foreign things, but in the midst of this growing threat to our indigenous products, traditional herbal medicine “Agbo” has maintained a rising profile. - By Rita Onuoha

Omobolanle Adeoti is a slim dark complexion woman ostensibly in her late 20s. The woman with an easy smile sells assorted herbal mixture locally known as agbo, sachet gin, cigarette, fried stick meat or peppered Kpomo, a combination most of such hawkers have for sale.

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